Front Page Titles (by Subject) Anno Aetatis 19. At a Vacation Exercise in the Colledge, part Latin, part English. The Latin speeches ended, the English thus began. - The Poetical Works of John Milton
Anno Aetatis 19. At a Vacation Exercise in the Colledge, part Latin, part English. The Latin speeches ended, the English thus began. - John Milton, The Poetical Works of John Milton 
The Poetical Works of John Milton, edited after the Original Texts by the Rev. H.C. Beeching M.A. (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1900).
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- Miscellaneous Poems.
- On the Morning of Christs Nativity.
- The Hymn.
- A Paraphrase On Psalm 114.
- Psalm 136.
- The Passion.
- On Time.
- Upon the Circumcision.
- At a Solemn Musick.
- An Epitaph On the Marchioness of Winchester.
- Song On May Morning
- Another On the Same.
- Il Penseroso.
- A Maske Presented At Ludlow Castle, 1634: On Michaelmasse Night, Before the Right Honorable, Iohn Earle of Bridgewater, Vicount Brackly, Lord Præsident of Wales, and One of His Maiesties Most Honorable Privie Counsell.
- Poems Added In the 1673 Edition.
- Anno Aetatis 17. On the Death of a Fair Infant Dying of a Cough.
- Anno Aetatis 19. At a Vacation Exercise In the Colledge, Part Latin, Part English. the Latin Speeches Ended, the English Thus Began.
- The Fifth Ode of Horace. Lib. I.
- On the New Forcers of Conscience Under the Long Parliament.
- On the Lord Gen. Fairfax At the Seige of Colchester.
- To the Lord Generall Cromwell May 1652.
- To S R Henry Vane the Younger.
- To Mr. Cyriack Skinner Upon His Blindness.
- Psal. I. Done Into Verse, 1653.
- April, 1648. J. M. Nine of the Psalms Done Into Metre, Wherein All But What Is In a Different Character, Are the Very Words of the Text, Translated From the Original.
- Passages From Prose Writings.
- A Collection of Passages Translated In the Prose Writings.
- Joanni Miltoni
- Elegiarum Liber Primus.
- Sylvarum Liber.
- Paradise Lost.
- Book I.
- Book II.
- Book III.
- Book IV.
- Book V.
- Book VI.
- Book VII.
- Book VIII.
- Book IX.
- Book X.
- Book XI.
- Book XII.
- Paradise Regaind. a Poem.
- The First Book.
- The Second Book.
- The Third Book.
- The Fourth Book.
- Samson Agonistes, a Dramatic Poem.
- ( a ): Specimen of Milton’s Spelling, From the Cambridge Autograph Manuscript.
- ( B ): Note of a Few Readings In the Same Manuscript.
- ( C ) Erratum
Anno Aetatis 19. At a Vacation Exercise in the Colledge, part Latin, part English. The Latin speeches ended, the English thus began.
- Hail native Language, that by sinews weak
- Didst move my first endeavouring tongue to speak,
- And mad’st imperfect words with childish tripps,
- Half unpronounc’t, slide through my infant-lipps,
- Driving dum silence from the portal dore,
- Where he had mutely sate two years before:
- Here I salute thee and thy pardon ask,
- That now I use thee in my latter task:
- Small loss it is that thence can come unto thee,
- I know my tongue but little Grace can do thee:10
- Thou needst not be ambitious to be first,
- Believe me I have thither packt the worst:
- And, if it happen as I did forecast,
- The daintest dishes shall be serv’d up last.
- I pray thee then deny me not thy aide
- For this same small neglect that I have made:
- But haste thee strait to do me once a Pleasure,
- And from thy wardrope bring thy chiefest treasure;
- Not those new fangled toys, and triming slight
- Which takes our late fantasticks with delight,20
- But cull those richest Robes, and gay’st attire
- Which deepest Spirits, and choicest Wits desire:
- I have some naked thoughts that rove about
- And loudly knock to have their passage out;
- And wearie of their place do only stay
- Till thou hast deck’t them in thy best aray;
- That so they may without suspect or fears
- Fly swiftly to this fair Assembly’s ears;
- Yet I had rather if I were to chuse,
- Thy service in some graver subject use,30
- Such as may make thee search thy coffers round,
- Before thou cloath my fancy in fit sound:
- Such where the deep transported mind may soare
- Above the wheeling poles, and at Heav’ns dore
- Look in, and see each blissful Deitie
- How he before the thunderous throne doth lie,
- Listening to what unshorn Apollo sings
- To th’touch of golden wires, while Hebe brings
- Immortal Nectar to her Kingly Sire:
- Then passing through the Spherse of watchful fire,40
- And mistie Regions of wide air next under,
- And hills of Snow and lofts of piled Thunder,
- May tell at length how green-ey’d Neptune raves,
- In Heav’ns defiance mustering all his waves;
- Then sing of secret things that came to pass
- When Beldam Nature in her cradle was;
- And last of Kings and Queens and Hero’s old,
- Such as the wise Demodocus once told
- In solemn Songs at King Alcinous feast,
- While sad Ulisses soul and all the rest50
- Are held with his melodious harmonie
- In willing chains and sweet captivitie.
- But fie my wandring Muse how thou dost stray!
- Expectance calls thee now another way,
- Thou know’st it must be now thy only bent
- To keep in compass of thy Predicament:
- Then quick about thy purpos’d business come,
- That to the next I may resign my Roome.
Then Ens is represented as Father of the Prædicaments his ten Sons, whereof the Eldest stood for Substance with his Canons, which Ens thus speaking, explains.
- Good luck befriend thee Son; for at thy birth
- The Faiery Ladies daunc’t upon the hearth;60
- Thy drowsie Nurse hath sworn she did them spie
- Come tripping to the Room where thou didst lie;
- And sweetly singing round about thy Bed
- Strew all their blessings on thy sleeping Head.
- She heard them give thee this, that thou should’st still
- From eyes of mortals walk invisible,
- Yet there is something that doth force my fear,
- For once it was my dismal hap to hear
- A Sybil old, bow-bent with crooked age,
- That far events full wisely could presage,70
- And in Times long and dark Prospective Glass
- Fore-saw what future dayes should bring to pass,
- Your Son, said she, (nor can you it prevent)
- Shall subject be to many an Accident.
- O’re all his Brethren he shall Reign as King,
- Yet every one shall make him underling,
- And those that cannot live from him asunder
- Ungratefully shall strive to keep him under,
- In worth and excellence he shall out-go them,
- Yet being above them, he shall be below them;80
- From others he shall stand in need of nothing,
- Yet on his Brothers shall depend for Cloathing.
- To find a Foe it shall not be his hap,
- And peace shall lull him in her flowry lap;
- Yet shall he live in strife, and at his dore
- Devouring war shall never cease to roare;
- Yea it shall be his natural property
- To harbour those that are at enmity.
- What power, what force, what mighty spell, if not
- Your learned hands, can loose this Gordian knot?90
The next Quantity and Quality, spake in Prose, then Relation was call’d by his Name.
- Rivers arise; whether thou be the Son,
- Of utmost Tweed, or Oose, or gulphie Dun,
- Or Trent, who like some earth-born Giant spreads
- His thirty Armes along the indented Meads,
- Or sullen Mole that runneth underneath,
- Or Severn swift, guilty of Maidens death,
- Or Rockie Avon, or of Sedgie Lee,
- Or Coaly Tine, or antient hallowed Dee,
- Or Humber loud that keeps the Scythians Name,
- Or Medway smooth, or Royal Towred Thame.100
The rest was Prose.